Health unveils “Tonsembelela” social distancing drive

Dr Jane Aceng

The Ministry of Health has increased the capacity of its call centres to handle more calls and shall continue to work in shifts for 24 hours.

The ministry has launched a new campaign “Tonsembelela” to promote social distancing.

The Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng says Uganda hasn’t registered any COVID19 related death as it is being alleged on social media.

Aceng, in her Thursday address, said many of the returning travellers integrated into the population because they had no symptoms on arrival.

Uganda registered her 1st case of COVID-19 21st March 2020 and as today, the country has 44 cases majority of whom are cases who travelled from abroad.

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All the confirmed cases have been admitted and are improving.

In the 14 days lockdown, the government will rapidly find and test suspected cases.

All confirmed cases will be isolated and treated. All those under institutional quarantine will also be tested.

People suspected to have COVID-19 shall be advised to stay in self-quarantine until the results return.

Results shall be availed within 48 hours depending on the district’s proximity to Kampala.

The Ministry of Health is decentralizing the treatment of COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 symptoms are advised to call their district medical facilities.

About 82 UPDF medical personnel are supporting the response team.

The Ministry of Health is also recruiting 220 workers to support the COVID-19 response.

Results are communicated to the source of the sample through an online portal.

About 320 ambulances have been deployed at the district level to manage COVID19 cases.

COVID19 cases shall be managed at the district level. Those requiring ICU shall be referred.

Mulago Specialized hospital shall provide 900 beds, 50 general hospitals shall provide 20 isolation beds giving a rise to 1000 beds.

Intensive Care Units shall be provided at Mulago which has 36 adult beds.

A total of 480 ICU beds shall be provided at a national level.

“Returnees are subjected to institutional quarantine. Those from countries that had already reported cases,” Aceng said.

She added: “Before discharge, a quarantine facility where no one shows signs, all persons in the facility shall be tested for COVID19.”

Upon discharge, they shall proceed to their homes where they shall undertake 14 days of self-isolation in their homes.

Those working in medical facilities shall be granted stickers to go to work by the Ministry.

Pregnant women are encouraged to give birth in medical facilities. Services for HIV and TB shall continue and allow patients access their medical facilities in time.

Routine immunization schedules shall proceed on the days they are due.

There should not be more than 5 mothers at that immunization medical facility.



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